WAF Newsletter - Abel Maciel Blog - February 2020

Blog: DC I/O 2020 aims to unleash computational design for global change.

Abel Maciel, 18 February 2020

Design Computation was initiated in 2015 as a free and independent platform for all knowledge related to computational design, creative cognition and digital fabrication. As part of this process, we have created a computational design wiki with the aim of organising and semantically cross-linking content related to the many kinds of design computation and adjacent technologies, including design theory, data science, artificial intelligence, simulation and computer supported collaboration.

The knowledge platform has now led to the Design Computation Input/Output Conference, or simply DC I/O. This proposes that computational design methods should also benefit from the scientific method and, whenever feasible, be cross-referenced in the many disciplines of design to evolve and diversify the field.

DC I/O is organised in a way that aims to assist the understanding of the physical and digital relationships of producing design. It focuses on the many channels to capture the data necessary to inform design, the processes – natural and/or digital – of articulating this data input to accomplishing design, and outcomes of these processes as artefacts and references of study.

Conference papers are being peer-reviewed by experts in their particular field of research and include the scientific investigation of hypotheses with the application of established and testable methodologies. The conference’s scientific committee gives particular emphasis to the structured statement of the computational method used and how this method represents a progression in the field of research. Conference proceedings are ISBN published in an annual volume.


Computational design can be described as the application of computational strategies to the design process. Whilst designers traditionally rely on intuition and experience to solve design problems, computational design aims to enhance that process by encoding design decisions and resolutions by using a computer language. The goal isn’t necessarily to document the final result, but rather to log the steps required to create that result.

The DC I/O conference aims to progress the understanding and application of computational design in relation to current global challenges and current technological developments, examining and shedding light upon the ‘fourth wave’ of Industry 4.0. This creates a unique opportunity for cross-fertilisation in theory and practice of the domains of computational design and interactive techniques. It will also inspire progress through education, excellence, and have premier status through establishing the leading-edge as recognised by disciplinary experts and the industry at large.

Accepted papers demonstrate testable evidence in the progression of a working hypothesis of the computational method in question. Authors can also opt to publish part or all of their research in the Design Computation Semantic Wiki under the relevant Creative Commons license.

To know more about the Design Computation initiative and community, please visit designcomputation.org.

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